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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle. These newspapers have been microfilmed and are housed at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, for the benefit of researchers. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.

CANTON HERALD, November 27, 1931

"County Clerk C.A. Groves reports that seven applications for marriage licenses were filed at his office Monday, the largest number filed during any one day, with possibly one exception. Those filing, it seems, were under the impression that they could return Thanksgiving Day and secure the proper credentials for a wedding ceremony on this great nationwide holiday. But, alas! how disappointing! those filing Monday will not be entitled to their papers until Friday. It's this way, three full days must elapse between the date of filing and the date of issue. Oh, well, what difference will one day make in the scheme of life? And if for any reason, superstition or otherwise, one should refrain from marrying on Friday, fearing ‘bad luck,' Saturday following in its wake, and that would suffice, or even Sunday, rather than break off the engagement. So, here's to the soon to be newlyweds, and may they live long in the land of happily ever after.

"News of Interest at the County Seat: S.J. McCauley was a Dallas visitor Saturday. Mrs. Anna McMahon visited relatives in Grand Saline last week. Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon and Miss Ethel Lively visited Dallas Sunday. Mrs. and Mrs. Z.W. Moore and little daughter were Terrell visitors Sunday. Mrs. Lorene Pinkerton of Longview spent the week-end here with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Will Couch.

"Mrs. C.W. Ashworth, Jr., and little son, who had been here with the former's parents, Dr. and Mrs. A.J. Kellam, for some time, departed Saturday for their home in San Antonio, the husband and father meeting them in Dallas. Miss Lola Groves returned Sunday from Dallas, where she spent the previous week in attendance upon her cousin, Miss Katie Stroud, of Edgewood, who has been a patient in Baylor Hospital for some time , and whose condition was somewhat improved Sunday, which will be good news to a host of anxious friends. Among many from out of town attending the funeral here Monday of G.M. Hilliard were Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Lawler of Dallas, Hon. D.D. Richardson and others of Grand Saline, including Mrs. Nat M. Crawford and Mrs. J.E. Andrews of that city, and others from various other places whose names were not learned. Bert Walsh, several miles southeast of Canton, was here Monday, and gave a good report of his section of the county. He said diphtheria, which has been causing no little concern, was on the wane in that community; that rain had fallen recently, but not enough, and that all things considered, there was no complaint to make.

"Many friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Chesser enjoyed a picnic lunch Sunday at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. B.V. Tutle, in celebration with them of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. The lunch was spread in the front yard on four bales of cotton placed end to end forming a long table which was decorated with many bouquets of roses and other seasonal flowers. Mr. Chesser was born March 5, 1858 and his wife, April 29, 1866 in Shelby County, Alabama. They were married November 23, 1881. They moved to Texas in 1912, locating at Jackson where they lived for 13 years. They have resided at Myrtle Springs since. To them were born eight children with only four now living, who are: Mrs. Florence Lester of Birmingham, Ala..; Mrs. R.W. Sims of Jackson, Mrs. B.V. Tutle of Myrtle Springs and Miss Dorothy Chesser who lives with her parents at Myrtle Springs. They have twelve grandchildren. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Sims and six children of Jackson; Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Seals of Canton, Mr. and Mrs. Cauthren of Myrtle Springs. Others from Myrtle Springs were: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Morris and daughters, Nadine and Daphine; J.J. Holloway, wife and children; Mrs. Lelia Helms and children, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Simpson and family.

"G.M. Hilliard, past 70, died at the family home in Canton at 4 o'clock Monday morning, Nov. 23. Funeral services were conducted by the Baptist church Monday afternoon, followed by interment in Canton cemetery, a large crowd from the county seat and other places in the county attending the last rites. The deceased was one of the pioneers of the county and one of its most prominent citizens. He had resided in Canton for near forty years, first settling in the Providence community when he arrived in Van Zandt as quite a young man. He is survived by his wife and several children. A more extended mention of the deceased will appear in next week's paper.

"Dr. F.V. Bryant of Martins Mill was here today with some of his fine pecans. The doctor has a nine acre pecan orchard which is now fifteen years old. He has kept strict account of his expense form the time he first put out the orchard and says to date it has averaged paying him 12 per cent on his investment. He even figures the amount of cotton off that could be produced if it were not for the trees. Last year he sold $180 worth of pecans from the nine acres but the returns will not be so large this year on account of the low price. Production this year will be near 100 pounds per acre."

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